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The baby name Kate came to be in the Middle Ages. The English created a more informal version of the name Katherine through the name Kate. It is now a standalone name with many celebrities using the name for their own, including popular actress Kate Winslet.

Meaning of the Name Kate

The baby name Kate was created in England and means “pure.” The name Kate is also a diminutive and nickname for the traditional name Katherine. This shortened name has been in existence in England since the Middle Ages. The name became popular throughout the world due to Shakespeare's character in “Taming of the Shrew.”

The baby name Kate is used as a standalone name now, though it was originally a shortened form of Katherine. Despite this current standing, the baby name does still retain the original meaning that Katherine has too of “pure.”

Baby name Kate


Nicknames for Kate

The baby name Kate is simple and more informal than the longer Katherine. It does still feel refined and classy, however. Keep in mind some of these fun and catchy nicknames that you can call the Kate in your life:

  • Kay 
  • Kat
  • Kay-Kay
  • Katie 
  • Katy
  • Tatie
  • Tate
  • Kitty
  • Kit

Kate Name Details

Style: Traditional

Gender: Kate usually considered a female name.

Pronunciation: KAYT

Syllables: One

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Alternative Spelling for Kate

  • Cate
  • Cayte
  • Kayte
  • Kait
  • Cait
  • Kaite
  • Caite

Kate Name Popularity

Kate was only on the top 200 list of the Social Security Index in the year 1900 at number 180 before it began to rapidly decline. As of the year 2002, however, it came back onto this top 200 list for eight years, then again in 2011 for three years. Kate has now declined in popularity again, however, ranking at number 411 overall.

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Great Middle Names for Kate and Their Meanings

  • Evanna (peaceful)
  • Amelia (work)
  • Eloise (healthy, wide)
  • Emily (wily, persuasive)
  • Joanna (God is gracious)
  • Carolina (free man, joy)
  • Lenora (sun ray)

Famous People Named Kate

  • Kate Winslet (actress, “Titanic”)
  • Kate Hudson (actress, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”)
  • Kate Mara (actress, “Fantastic Four”)
  • Kate O'Toole (actress, “The Tudors”)
  • Kate Tunstall (singer, “Other Side of the World”)
  • Kate Micucci (singer, actress, “The Little Hours”)
  • Kate Moss (professional supermodel)
  • Kate Lloyd (character from “The Thing” series)
  • Kate Wetherall (character from “The Mysterious Benedict Society”)
  • Kate Connolly (character from “The Scorpio Races”)
  • Kate Randall (character from “Pretty Little Liars”)
  • Kate Pearson (character from “This is Us”)
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